Staff and Associates

Dr Matt Pickering

Medical Director
  • Programme Lead for:
    • Resuscitation Programmes 
    • Lifeguarding and Lifesaving
    • Food Hygiene & Manual Handling
    • IN-SET training

About me:

I am medically qualified and registered with the General Medical Council. I have had a specific interest in teaching and training for the past twenty years. My particular interest is making educational programmes fun and effective for all course participants. 

I am a National Trainer /Assessor for the Royal Life Saving Society and hold Masters Level Qualifications in Education. 

Like Mike, I have worked in the Sport and Educational sectors for a number of years and can bring a breadth and depth of experience to ensure that course participants are trained to the highest possible standard. 


  • Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners
  • Member of the Institute for Learning
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Royal Lifesaving Society National Trainer/Assessor
  • Honorary Lecturer - University of Leeds
Training Portfolio
  • Practice based resuscitation updates
  • Instructor and tutor training
  • Food Hygiene
  • Health and Safety
  • Safeguarding
  • Lifesaving and Lifeguarding
  • Specialist First Aid Programmes:
    • Clinicians (GP/Dental Practice).
      Sports Coaches.
    • Sport Injury.
      Healthcare Facilities.
    • Nursing Homes.

WYMS Associates:

WYMS has a number of associates and partners in the following fields:

  • Sports Coaching.
  • Safeguarding.
  • Recruitment.
  • First Aid.
  • Fitness.
  • Leisure Management.
  • Train the Trainer.
  • Computing and Information Technology.

Current WYMS Associates:
  • Helen Hirst, School Liaison Officer

  • Sam Wood
  • Hazel Hunter
  • Gareth Mitchell
  • Jennifer Hill
  • Cathy Sedgwick
  • Clare Brooke
  • Neil Griffiths
  • Jeff Benson
  • Sue Tipple
  • Mick Bell
  • Louise Richardson
  • Tim Richardson
  • Kirsty Quayle

Current Training Partners:

  • AllBerry Training
  • ThinkTank Training Solutions



Mr Mike Shucksmith

Director of Training

  • Programme Lead for
    • Train the Trainer
    • Internal Verification
    • Health and Safety 
    • Safeguarding

About me:

Having served the Public, Private, Voluntary, Sport and Educational sectors and with twenty four years experience in the leisure industry, I offer significant vocational experience added to a strong qualification base.

I have a wealth experience in delivering S/NVQ’s, the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification and First Aid at Work award programmes, providing various training solutions and best practice facilitation.

I was a Captain in the Army Cadet Force serving as the County Sports Officer and Adjutant in the North and West Yorkshire region. The local cadet force serves 2,000 young people giving them an insight into the discipline of the army; but more importantly developing their confidence, respect for themselves and others and generating positive opportunities that they would not experience elsewhere.

I am involved in a number of aquatic based pursuits namely; swimming, kayaking and enjoy taking out my 6.20m Rigid Inflatable Boat. I am a member of the British Sub Aqua Club and am an Assistant Instructor.


  • HND in Business and Finance
  • PG CMS & DMS
  • ISRM Diploma
  • Prince2 Practitioner
  • Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training 


  • Royal Lifesaving Society National Trainer Assessor
  • Royal Lifesaving Society Preferred Consultant
  • Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMPSA)
  • Member of the CIMSPA 100 Club

  Vocational Qualifications
  • Basic Life support and AED
  • First Aid at Work
  • TDLB D32, D33, D34, D35, D36
  • RoSPA Quality Safety Auditor
  • Local Safeguarding Children’s Board Trainer
  • Local Safeguarding Adults Partnership Trainer
Training Portfolio
  • Bespoke and certified first aid training:
    • AED First Responder
    • Sports Coaches
  • Lifesaving and Lifeguarding qualifications.
  • Safeguarding consultancy and training.
  • Food Safety.
  • Customer Service.
  • NVQ assessments and Internal Verification Services.
  • Instructor and train the trainer courses at levels 3 and 4.
  • Assessment  and Internal Verification qualifications.
  • Sport and leisure supervisory and management qualifications.
  • Pool Plant Operators awards.

Management Consultancy:

  • Quality Management Systems.
  • Facility and Procedural Risk Assessment.
  • Leisure Management and Procedural Consultancy.
  • Pool Safety Management.
  • Lifeguard In Service Training (Pool and Beach).